Hi, folks! Today, I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about something that’s very dear to me. It might make me obsessive compulsive and it might make me a genius – either way, it definitely makes me more efficient.
That’s right, I want to talk about The Schedule™.
The Schedule™ is my name for my unique way of working. I usually work while watching Netflix, and I break my time into five minute chunks. Every five minutes, I switch activities, cycling through three categories:
Computer: Checking Facebook, formatting web pages, editing articles and novels, answering emails, etc.
Tidying: Cleaning the house, tidying stuff up, typing up handwritten work and cooking food.
Writing: All forms of writing, from blog posts to novels, as well as anything carried out on my phone, such as Instagram updates.
I work in batches of 45 minutes, so that each category is given 3 x 5 minutes for a total of fifteen minutes apiece. At the end of each ‘loop‘, I nip out for a cigarette and then begin again.
Now, it might make me sound crazy, but it’s a system that works for me. It also allows me to work 14-16 hour days without losing my mind – because I stagger the time spent on each activity, it’s rare for me to get bored or tired of doing it.
I’ve been following The Schedule™ since I was sixteen or seventeen years old, constantly tweaking and improving it along the way to make my time as efficient as possible. It also helps me to hit deadlines and to prioritise things, no matter which category they fall under.
So there you have it – that’s The Schedule™! I’ve talked about it on other sites before, but I realised I’d never written about it on DaneCobain.com and so I thought it would be interesting to share it with you all.
If you want to see the results of the schedule – in terms of what it’s helped me to accomplish – then be sure to check out some of my books on Amazon or to pay me a visit on Goodreads. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for further updates. I’ll see you soon!